Gardening 101 Classes

Upcoming Classes

VGSD Container Gardening Classes

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Banker's Hill Area

Saturday May 23, 10am to 1pm

Cost: $25.00 RSVP

Don't have a yard? Not to worry! You might have a window or a balcony you can use instead. This class covers what you need to know to successfully grow food in containers!

You will learn about keeping plants healthy in a container, what you can use as a container, and how to create a plan for the space you have. Come join us and start

More classes in more neighborhoods
are being scheduled!

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Classes every Saturday
at Wild Willow Farm

Wild Willow Farm & Education Center

Every Saturday we have classes on food and urban farming topics at Wild Willow Farm & Education Center, a sister program of VGSD. Classes are open to everyone.

General Public: $30 (cash or check only)
Ten-class pass: $200 (cash or check only)

Meet in the barn at Wild Willow Farm
2550 Sunset Avenue 92154
(we recommend you use our map)

No RSVP. Please arrive at the farm at least 15 mintues before class to check in and pay class fees (check or cash only), or join us for farm lunch at noon! ($5 suggested donation).

Wild Willow Farm
Class Schedule

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Saturday, April 18, 1pm
Potluck Day Workshop

Seed Saving 101

with Brijette Romstedt
of San Diego Seed Co.

Students will learn the importance of seed saving, the difference in seed types and basic seeds saving techniques. Although this class is geared toward novice seed savers, seeds fanatics of all levels and ages are welcome to come and share their love for all things seedy!

Saturday, April 25

No Class

farm closed for private event

Saturday, May 2, 1pm

Holistic Farm Planning

with Dorothea Sotiros

This class in an introduction to our advanced Tier 2 classes. The focus of this introduction will be visioning and exploring goals. This class will provide you the foundation to a general outline for your Holistic Farm Plan. You will understand how crop production and planning, marketing, and small business management fit into your Holistic Farm Plan.

1. Examine your goals and values and what quality of life you desire
2. Identify the means necessary to produce that quality of life
3. Identify your strengths, assets and needs
4. Identify the resources available to you to start a successful business
5. Practice Decision Testing: How to test your decisions against your goals

Saturday, May 9, 1pm

Introduction to Beekeeping

with Paul Maschka

Saturday, May 16, 1pm

Goat Husbandry

with Cathryn Henning

Saturday, May 23, 1pm

No Class

Happy Memorial Day

Saturday, May 30, 1pm

Seasonal Foods:

History, Cultivation, and Preparation

with Paul Maschka

Saturday/Sunday June 6/7, 1pm

Introduction to Carpentry

with Paul Maschka

We'll build your confidence using common tools to help complete your dream project. We'll go over safety and project plans, as well as sourcing lumber (new and used). We'll spend Sunday building top bar bee hives using table saws, chop saws, hand drills, squares, and measuring tape! Take home a hive for an extra material fee!

Saturday, June 13, 1pm

Seasonal Foods:

History, Cultivation, and Preparation

with Paul Maschka

Sunflowers, Lettuces, Chicories, Artichoke, Jerusalem Artichoke and Yakon

Saturday, June 20, 1pm

Seasonal Foods:

History, Cultivation, and Preparation

with Paul Maschka

Beans Dry & Green, Favas, Peas, Limas, Black-eyed Peas, Garbanzos, Scarlet beans, lentils, soy beans and peanuts

Saturday, June 27, 1pm

Seasonal Foods:

History, Cultivation, and Preparation

with Paul Maschka

Squash Summer & Winter, Luffa, Melons, Pumpkins and African Horned Melon

Learn to Grow Food!

in VGSD's University of Gardening (U. Garden) Classes!

Want to learn how easy it is to grow fresh, tasty and healthy vegetables in your own yard?

VGSD's Vegetable Gardening 101 Classes are offered throughout the year as a series of three class sessions given at different locations throughout the San Diego Urban Region. All classes are hands on, meaning that you will be getting your hands in the dirt.

Class topics include:

Natural ways to eliminate your existing lawn
Soil Amendment
Bed Preparation and Soil Awareness
Plant Selection
Planting, Maintaining and Harvesting your Garden
How to Prepare and Eat your Harvest!

Class Information: Class is limited to 18 participants to ensure maximum participation. Acceptance into the class is on a first paid/first served basis. These classes take place at private homes, schools, workplaces, and organization sites throughout the region.

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Host VGSD Gardening 101 Classes

If you'd like your home, church, business or organizational space to host a three-week VGSD Gardening 101 class series, please apply.

Here's what we need for your site to be considered:

If you wish to be considered, please fill out our application. You will be contacted and ask to send photos or supply further information.

Victory Gardens San Diego

Helping people start growing their own food through collaborative garden builds, hands-on garden education and community outreach.

VGSD is a program of San Diego Roots Sustainable Food Project and works hand-in-hand with several San Diego food-movement groups to further our mission.

VGSD Values:

Since our inception in March of 2009, VGSD has helped many new gardeners develop almost 100 home, community, school and organizational gardens. These activities have involved hundreds of volunteers and thousands of volunteer service hours to help San Diegans create a healthier, more local food system.

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Registration closes one day before the class. Enroll early to ensure your participation. Maximum class size is 18.

After we've received your class fees, we'll notify you of acceptance into the class and send you location and other class details.

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